A Birthday Greeting for President Clinton Passes Congress

Jul 25, 2005
Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Congress honored former President Bill Clinton today with a Congressional Resolution marking his birthday, which is on August 19. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle spoke on the House floor, particularly in praise of President Clinton’s recent work on the tsunami recovery. He will turn 59 this year.  

“This is a terrific honor for a great president who continues to do good work for people around the world,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who introduced the resolution. “Since his last birthday, President Clinton helped spearhead the American response to the devastating tsunami in Asia, raising billions of dollars and showing the world our caring nature. He continues to demonstrate the compassion and humanity that he did while in office.”

“President Clinton led our nation through eight years of prosperity and is still making great strides in improving the lives of people around the world,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-18), an original sponsor. “Through his work to provide life-saving medications in Africa and raise awareness and funds for tsunami victims, he continues to carry out his commitment to helping others,” said Lowey. “I’m pleased to join my colleagues in honoring one of my constituents, President Clinton.”

Text of legislation:

1st Session
H. RES. 329
Honoring former President William Jefferson Clinton on the occasion of his 59th birthday.

June 17, 2005
Mrs. MALONEY (for herself, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. ROSS, Mr. BACA, Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania, Ms. CARSON, Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. HONDA, Mr. ISRAEL, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. KANJORSKI, Mr. LANTOS, Mrs. MCCARTHY, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. MATSUI, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. SCOTT of Georgia, Mr. STRICKLAND, Mr. VAN HOLLEN, and Ms. WATSON) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform

Honoring former President William Jefferson Clinton on the occasion of his 59th birthday.
Whereas former President William Jefferson Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate and received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1968;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton received a law degree from Yale University in 1973;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton established a record of public service as Attorney General of Arkansas, Governor of Arkansas, and Chairman of the National Governors Association;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton campaigned for and won the Democratic nomination for President in 1992;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton was elected the 42d President of the United States in 1992 and was reelected for a second term in 1996;
Whereas during William Jefferson Clinton's time in office the United States experienced 8 years of economic expansion, job growth, and the transformation of a budget deficit into a budget surplus;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton rallied the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to put an end to ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and to depose the murderous regime of Slobodan Milosevic, actions which eventually led to the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton played a major role in the Good Friday Peace Accords which finally brought peace to war-torn Northern Ireland;
Whereas William Jefferson Clinton and former President George H. W. Bush were appointed to lead the United States effort to provide private aid to the victims of the devastating tsunami that struck southeast Asia on December 26, 2004; and
Whereas, in the words of President George W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton `showed a deep and far-ranging knowledge of public policy, a great compassion for people in need, and the forward-looking spirit the Americans like in a President': Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives honors former President William Jefferson Clinton on the occasion of his 59th birthday on August 19, 2005, and extends best wishes to him and his family.